Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas G. Dufief, 11 April 1817

To Nicolas G. Dufief

Monticello Apr. 11. 17.

Dear Sir

I have just recieved your favor of the 4th informing me you are about departing for Europe, and kindly offering your service there. I will avail myself of it for a small purpose. there is at Paris a learned Greek Dr Coray1 who writes the antient Greek in all it’s purity, and has published some very fine editions of Greek authors, particularly Hippocrates & Plutarch. for the last I have written thro’ another Channel. but he has published also some smaller works, to wit A specimen of an edition of Homer, a Hierocles, and two or three other small Greek works with Greek prefaces & notes, and a selection of Scholia. if you will have the goodness to procure and send me these you will oblige me, handsomely bound. with every wish for a pleasant voyage, health, and a happy meeting with your friends I salute you with great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “M. Dufief”; endorsed by TJ. Engraved facsimile of RC in SzGeBGE; with minor variations, only the most significant of which is noted below.

TJ eventually acquired a copy of Adamantios Coray’s edition of hippocrates, Τὸ Περὶ Ἀέρων, Ὑδάτων, Τόπων … (2d ed., Paris, 1816; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 200]; TJ’s copy in MoSW). This publication included the Greek originals and French translations of works by Hippocrates on Airs, Waters, Places and on Law, as well as a Greek text of Galen’s essay, The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher.

1PoC: “Caray.” Engraved facsimile: “Coray.”

Index Entries

  • Coray, Adamantios; edition of Hierocles by search
  • Coray, Adamantios; edition of Homer by search
  • Coray, Adamantios; editsΠλουτάρχου Βίοι Παράλληλοι (Plutarch) search
  • Coray, Adamantios; editsΤὸ Περὶ Ἀέρων, Ὑδάτων, Τόπων (Hippocrates) search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; letters to search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; TJ orders books from search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; travels to Europe search
  • Galen (Greek physician) search
  • Hierocles (Greek author of witticisms); A. Coray edition of search
  • Hippocrates (Greek physician); Τὸ Περὶ Ἀέρων, Ὑδάτων, Τόπων (ed. A. Coray) search
  • Homer; A. Coray edition of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • medicine; and physicians search
  • Plutarch; Πλουτάρχου Βίοι Παράλληλοι (ed. A. Coray) search
  • Πλουτάρχου Βίοι Παράλληλοι (Plutarch; ed. A. Coray) search
  • Τὸ Περὶ Ἀέρων, Ὑδάτων, Τόπων (Hippocrates; ed. A. Coray) search